First came the word that Royce White may have sparked a particular team's interest for next week's NBA Draft:
Looks like a team may have promised Royce White. He's pulled out of all remaining workouts and gone silent. Not injured. Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 22, 2012
And then came word that the team is none other than . . .
More on Royce White. Now hearing more definitely promise is from Celtics at 21. Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 22, 2012
Chad Ford, of course, is one of ESPN's NBA Insiders.
A 6-foot-8 power forward, White, 21, has suffered from both medical issues (anxiety disorders) and disciplinary issues (charged twice with theft at the University of Minnesota, after which he transferred to Iowa State). Last year he was the only player in the nation to lead his team in points (13.4 per game), rebounds (9.3), assists (5.0), steals (1.1) and blocks (0.9) per game.
Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.
Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.
But there is good news:
“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”
0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.
6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.
10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.
15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be.